It’s sunny and 60° outside, and after several days of rain and the same amount of time offering up nothing more than snag after snag on the back end of my website, there was really only one thing I could do; head outside.
And it was really the best thing for me, too. Once I lit a small fire and started puttering around the yard, my outdoor muse awakened. I strolled the yard, taking mental notes on what needs to be done, enjoying the sights and sounds and scents. There was a pleasant breeze, and the three wind chimes I left up over the winter accompanied the birds in their ode to spring as I made the rounds.
There were dozens of birds, and I stopped to watch them often. I keep three feeders and a suet cage, and the desk I use when working on my website while inside looks out over the yard, so I can watch the birds all winter. Which gives me just a taste. But Spring! I’m right out here with the birds and the sun, the breeze and the sounds of the neighborhood. My bulbs are awakening, along with the rest of the natural world.
I’ve drawn a path on the ground where I’ll be extending my dry creek. Speaking of the dry creek, it needs some attention. It’s a part of my yard on which I must use a leaf blower; raking just doesn’t work well here. If I don’t get the detritus out, those little bits of nature will eventually turn into compost, just beckoning those weeds to set up housekeeping.
I’m also really excited about my next major yard project, laying a stepping stone path. I’ve mapped out the trail, I know where I’ll place the stones and I’ve figured out how many stones I’ll need. Two days ago I took a ride to my local nursery and picked out some lovely thyme to plant between the stones. Tomorrow I’ll borrow my neighbor’s truck and head over to the stoneyard (one of my favorite places to go) and pick out my stones. This weekend, I’ll lay the path. Then I’ll write about it and put it all up on the site.
Well that’s about enough of this blogging business. I’m going back to tend to the re-awakening of my yard.